In part one of this post, I gave you "Things" 1 thru 6. Below are "the rest" of the things I've learned since becoming a truck driver. I hope you find them helpful, or at the very least, a fun read.
7. We Are Family
When you become a truck driver, you become part of a family of drivers. Everyone out here knows what you're going through; most likely, they've been exactly where you are now. You have support if you seek it, friends if you want them and someone who always has your back. Although times have changed if you listen to the stories the old timers tell and the talk on the CB is more often than not rated R, but that doesn't mean there still aren't plenty of people out here who will help you out when you need it. And really, it's your duty to do the same. If you see someone with a headlight out or notice that a strap or chain has come loose, do your best to let that driver know. Some people, like me, don't drive with their CB on. If you can catch their eye to get them on the CB (wiggling it in the air like I do, showing them I urgently need to speak with them), believe me when I say they'll appreciate the heads up. I've helped out drivers with trailer doors open, a flat-bedder who had dunnage that was slipping from its securement and even one guy whose interior curtains were flying in the wind outside the passenger side window he rolled them up in. Take care of your family and they'll take care of you.... Read More